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One of the better deals available to miles collectors has long been Lufthansa’s “Mileage Bargains“. But you probably aren’t alone if you haven’t paid much attention for a couple of years. Now might be the time to take another look, however, because Lufthansa Miles & More is now offering ridiculously cheap reward flights on its new low-cost, long-haul carrier Eurowings Discover.
For 28,000 M&M miles RETURN, you can fly from Germany in Business Class to:
- Las Vegas
- Fort Myers
- Salt Lake City
For 32,000 M&M miles RETURN, you can fly from Germany in Business Class to:
The dates of travel vary widely – based on when each route begins operations – and I believe that you must book before the end of December 2021. (although these prices / destinations may roll over to next month’s version of Monthly Bargains)
Business Class on a Low-Cost Carrier?
Eurowings Discover has taken over a handful of Airbus A330s from Lufthansa, Brussels Airlines, Edelweiss Air and SunExpress Deutschland. The Business Class product won’t be thrilling, but you should get something resembling a flat(ish) bed and lots of legroom…
What’s the Catch?
1. No connecting flights
These Eurowings Discover flights are only available from Frankfurt and occasionally Munich. You cannot add a connecting flight to the UK (or elsewhere) on Lufthansa.
Therefore, you will need to position yourself to Germany on a separate ticket in order to take advantage. With travel restrictions coming back due to Omicron and potentially future variants, this isn’t for the faint-hearted.
2. Non-refundable and non-changeable
Lufthansa’s Monthly Bargains have typically NOT allowed for any changes and cancellations. This makes it risky to use these opportunitiess for advance bookings.
3. How to accumulate Miles & More miles
As far as I know, M&M members are still unable to purchase miles or transfer miles from Marriott Bonvoy or another hotel programme.
Although there are some earning partners where you can “buy” significant numbers of M&M miles indirectly (newspaper subscriptions, etc.), it remains hard to pick up a substantial number of miles unless you are a Star Alliance frequent flyer who credits to Miles & More.
Lufthansa has typically charged high surcharges on award tickets. I imagine that the same will apply to Eurowings Discover awards…
28,000 miles for a return flight in Business Class is certainly worth a look, even though it will be tricky to make it all work for a UK-based traveller…